Definitions for merely

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. being nothing more nor better than what is specified:

    a mere child.

  2. Obs. pure. absolute or unqualified.

* superl..

Origin of mere:

1250–1300; ME < L merus pure



  1. a lake or pond.

    Category: British

  2. Obs. the sea.

    Category: British

Origin of mere:

bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OFris mere, OHG meri, ON marr, Go marei, OIr muir, L mare


  1. a boundary or boundary marker.

    Category: British

Origin of mere:

bef. 900; ME; OE(ge)mǣre, c. MD mēre, ON mǣri; akin to L mūrus wall, rim


  1. a combining form meaning “part,”“segment,”“unit,” used esp. in terms describing structures or divisions of a cell:

    blastomere; centromere.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -mere:

comb. form repr. Gk méros

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. merely(adverb)ɪər

    emphasizes how small or unimportant sb or sth is; = just, only

    This is more than merely an argument; it could lead to war.


  1. merely(Adverb)

    Wholly, entirely.

  2. merely(Adverb)

    Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merely(adverb)

    purely; unmixedly; absolutely

  2. Merely(adverb)

    not otherwise than; simply; barely; only

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1332

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3103

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Adverbs Frequency: #125

Translations for merely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


simply or only

I was merely asking a question.

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